Polish-born, Dusseldorf-based artist, Magdalena Kita (b.1983), chose to create her latest multimedia project on the common bath towel. Influenced by the erotic works of 1960s NY-based visual artist, Dorothy Iannone, Kita’s, colorful and sensual motifs go much further. In a well illustrated monograph, Kita assembles a large number of the new bath towel series, covered with her naively lustful female nudes alongside documentation of her public performances where sensual young men are either sunbathing on or parading her erotic towels around the beach. Kita’s intention is to create tension around issues of identity and sexuality that reference her long involvement with Feminist agendas. Kita was the co-founder of the international semi-fictional Feminist collective, CONGRESS. Featured texts by Gia Edzgveradze, Tytus Klepacz, Thomas W. Kuhn, Matthew Licht, Elena Malzew, JL Murtaugh, Marina Pinsky & Alex Wisse, Noemi Smolink and Catherine G. Wagley. Kita’s performances have been shown throughout North America and Europe.
February 2017 / Hardcover
5 ¼ x 8 ½ in. / 202 pp / 108 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-192-1 · Retail Price: $40.00
2008 / English & Dutch / Softcover
5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches / 232 pp / 7 b&w
ISBN: 978-90-74529-22-8 · Retail Price: $38.00
The Big Book
Meghan DellaCrosse, Daniel Garber & Corinn Gerber (Eds.)
This important publication provides a first time document and re-visitation of artist Alison Knowles’ classic Fluxus project, The Big Book (1967). An eight-foot tall walk-in construction, it was comprised of a title page and eight moveable pages anchored to a metal spine, each equipped with casters. The book contained a stove, a telephone, a bed, a toilet, a library, a guestbook, a gallery with works by artist friends, a lush meadow, a ventilator and other assorted utensils. It was given its first public airing at the Something Else Gallery in Chelsea, New York. Following this first exhibition, the book travelled to various venues in Europe, Canada and the United States, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Frankfurt am Main and The Jewish Museum, New York. In the course of these travels, the book’s condition gradually deteriorated so that by the time it reached the final venue, only a few pages remained.
April 2013/ Exhibition catalog
Hardcover/ 8 1/2 x 11 inches
48 pp/ 23 b&w/ 13 color
ISBN: 978-3-940215-13-0 · Retail Price: $25.00
Ways of Being
Freek Lomme & Boy Vereecken (Eds.)
The young Dutch artist Aukje Koks seeks to unite art and spectator in this playful artist’s book that treats art as a “thing among things” open to multiple interpretations. Interested in the intersections between visible reality and the world of ideas, Koks dislocates the viewer’s perspective in her paintings and sculptures so that reality and illusion become intermingled and it is no longer clear what is real and what is not. In Ways of Being images of her work are presented in tandem with informal, prosaic reports by friends, critics and curators, which make us aware of the semantics of images and blurring of categories via individual perspectives, ultimately in Koks’s view a political statement. Koks made Ways of Being collaboratively with writer/ curator Freek Lomme (texts) and designer/publisher Boy Vereecken (images). Contributions by Constance Barrere Dangleterre, Bianca Stigter, Chris Sharp and Bart Groenendaal.
January 2015, E nglish & Dutch
Softcover, 8 x 10 inches
64 pp, 12 b&w and 16 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-27-4 · Retail Price: $25.00
This elegant, large-format catalog of the fascinating paintings of Italian-born artist Florin Kompatscher focuses on his work from 2005-2010. In stunning color reproductions and black-and-white installation photos, the reader can see the remarkable balance between surreal metaphor and special depth of field in his oil paintings; Kompatscher’s paintings are dream-like, referring to antecedents like Dali, Magritte, Tanguy and even Caspar David Friedrich, yet totally individual to the artist. “It is possible to glimpse mountainous landscapes and underwater worlds, exploding volcanoes, and cosmic configurations in these paintings,” writes art historian Noemi Smolik. “At the same time, they elude the real.” Hard to describe, indeed, but nonetheless beautiful.
2011 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9.5 x 11.75 inches / 144 pp / 64 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-56-8 · Retail Price: $69.95
Lonely Planet: Campania Felix
Guus van Engelshoven (Ed.)
Lonely Planet: Campania Felix is the first part of a trilogy in which multidisciplinary visual artist Susan Kooi (b. 1988) travels to Italy, Portugal and Japan to work with various traditions of ceramic crafts. The project reflects on how artifacts signify meaning during their lifespan and are carriers of meaning for extraction in the future, with Kooi seeking evidence of an object’s use and meaning, both real and fictitious, with the resulting stories forming this series. For Campania Felixis, Kooi traveled to the Italy’s Campania region, exploring a terra-cotta factory, Naples, and Pompeii, among other locations. An alternative travel guide accompanies the objects on view in the exhibition at Media and Moving Art (MAMA) in Rotterdam and tells the tales of these artifacts that are found and made by Susan Kooi. Contributions include Hanna Bervoets, Maurits de Bruijn, Nathalie Hartjes, Vincent Hunink, Tommi Vasko and Marloes de Vries.
SHOWROOM MAMA, THE NETHERLANDS
February 2017 / English, Dutch & Italian / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 4 ¾ x 7 ⅔ in. / 82 pp / 38 b&w and 31 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-82-3 · Retail Price: $30.00
Thomas Andrae, Moritz Kaufmann
Bettina Krieg’s complex and obsessively detailed pen-and-ink drawings reveal fragments of human existence, countless layers of ideas, images and feelings. This slim but elegant exhibition catalog includes multiple fold-outs and mylar inserts to accurately reproduce the young, Berlin-based artist’s extraordinary “narrative clouds,” as curator Christian Ganzenberg describes them in one of several outstanding texts. He lauds the artist’s “exuberant richness of detail” and the “precise, almost Old Master-like alignment and the unusual saturation of the depths.” Scrap-metal yards, destroyed cars, insects, birds, waterfalls, exploding machines, fish scales, tentacles, cells, cables: Krieg herself can barely describe her inspirations for these works which are at once abstract and figurative.
April 2012 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 9.5 x 12 inches / 54 pp / 40 b/w
ISBN: 978-3-940953-98-8 · Retail Price: $45.00
Hilke Wagner & Axel Wieder (Eds.)
Texts by Steve Rushton, Yvonne Scheja, Axel Wieder; with a foreword by Tom Trevor and Hilke Wagner
In her photographic projects, Susanne Kriemann takes a research-oriented approach: dealing with archival and forgotten documents in particular is a central aspect to her work. The found photo material then frequently serves as a starting point for her own images. Formal or thematic analogies generate multifaceted layers of association, which address the circumstances in which the historical images were produced, their preservation, as well as their link to the present day—and always also examine her own medium of photography.
This publication was created as part of the solo exhibitions “Cold Time” at the Kunstverein Braunschweig and “Modelling (Construction School)” at Arnolfini in Bristol. Even if the exhibitions were organized entirely independently of one another, the joint effort in producing this catalogue made it possible to go beyond simple exhibition documentation and provide a more in-depth view into the work of Kriemann. In a certain sense, this catalogue is connected to the artist’s earlier publication entitled Reading Susanne Kriemann (Sternberg Press, 2011), consisting exclusively of texts. Here, however, the main point of the publication is to let the images speak for themselves.
Design by Sandra Kastl
KUNSTVEREIN BRAUNSCHWEIG, GERMANY
2013 / English & German / softcover
6 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches / 128 pages / 88 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-69-6 · Retail Price: $24.95
Susanne Kriemann & Lívia Páldi (Eds.)
A literal mountain of industrial debris is the subject of Berlin-based photographic artist Susanne Kriemann’s second artist book from Sternberg. Now a nature preserve and site of an eco-hotel, the former limestone mining site is located on the northeastern edge of the Swedish island Gotland. Over the course of this compact but lushly illustrated book, Kriemann’s portraits of the massive pile of cement tailings at different times of day and under different weather conditions kaleidoscope into multiple images that become almost cinematic. The images are followed by insightful and poetic writings by writers Kirsty Bell, Maria Barnas and media theorist Jussi Parikka and conclude with historic photographs of the industrial site. In her expansive projects, Kriemann investigates issues of historiography, archival knowledge and the connections between art, literature and archaeology. As Bell writes, “Waste and ruin, work time and nonwork time, ash and debris, notes, thoughts, experiences. How does material organize itself? From sculpture to mountain; tunnel to camera; sun to furnace; dusk to dust—this project thrives on analogy.”
BATLIC ART CENTER, SWEDEN
October 2016 / Hardcover
7 ¾ x 12 in. / 86 pp / Full b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-236-6 · Retail Price: $24.00
Aesthetic Basic Chronicle, Vol. 1
A work of both art and theory, Aesthetic Basic Chronicle is a visual and conceptual encyclopedia composed of hundreds of object installations, displays, and projects by the Austrian artist/curator/editorial team Krüger & Pardeller. Aligning itself with a socially activated political understanding of aesthetics and organized alphabetically by concepts such as abstraction, accumulation, activation pixel, polarization, position, uncertainty, universal and variable, the book invites a consideration of the political and social motives behind classification. Essays by Sabeth Buchmann, Johan Frederik Hartle, Kathi Hofer, Ilse Lafer, Marin Prinzhorn, Ruth Sonderegger, and George Toepfer thoughtfully examine Kruger & Pardeller’s oeuvre in relation to the role of “situation-specific” art, institutional critique and the space of the book.
January 2015 / English & German
Hardcover / 7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
424 pp / 55 b&w and 220 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-028-7 · Retail Price: $48.00